This pesto couscous recipe is a flavorful and easy side dish that is perfect to pair with just about anything! Made with fluffy couscous and an easy homemade pesto, this dish is simple yet delicious. 

pesto couscous
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This simple pesto couscous recipe makes a flavorful side dish or a tasty base for your favorite grain bowl! It’s a fantastic way to transform a simple pantry staple into a delicious side dish. I made homemade pesto but you can use store bought to make this recipe come together even faster. It’s a quick way to infuse some flavor into your meal, and it pairs perfectly with your favorite protein or vegetables.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Couscous – I recommend using Moroccan couscous because it cooks quickly. But you can use pearl couscous if you prefer.
  • Basil– You need lots of fresh basil for this pesto recipe. You’ll need about 3 oz total. Once you remove the stems, you should be left with about 2 oz — or enough to loosely fill two cups.
  • Almonds– I used roasted, salted almonds for a stronger flavor. You can use raw almonds if desired. This recipe also works with pine nuts or walnuts.
  • Olive oil– Be sure to use a high quality olive oil.
  • Garlic– I added one fresh clove, but a 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or a 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic can be substituted if necessary.
  • Parmesan cheese- Be sure to use real Parmesan cheese, not the stuff that comes in a can. I like to buy a block of Parmesan, then I add 1 1/2 oz in the food processor to grate it. Remove the cheese from the food processor and continue to blend the remaining ingredients.

How to Make Pesto Couscous